28 Aug 2014

Solomons Police investigate dispute

4:54 am on 28 August 2014

The police in Solomon Islands have begun an investigation into a mass fight in West Honiara in which houses were torched and a number of people wounded.

The police have already made several arrests following last week's dispute involving 200 people at the Karaina settlement.

A spokesperson for the police says the row was between the people of the tiny islands of Pileni and Reef Islands in the Temotu Province who have settled at White River.

It's understood the fighting erupted after a community leader handed out assistance to the settlement, but it was not distributed evenly throughout the group.